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The Gospel of John VII - Lesson 4

                   Basic Principles for the Fruit-bearer                                   John 15:1-27                                    (Continued)

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  1. HIS RELATIONSHIP TO OTHERS (John 15:12-17) (Continued)
    1. The Fruitfulness of Love (John 15:16-17) (Continued)
      1. Ordained (John 15:16)
        1. To ordain is to order; to establish in a position (Psalm 8:3).
        2. Often refers to the act of placing someone in a particular position (Jeremiah 1:5; Mark 3:14; Acts 1:22; Acts 14:23; Romans 13:1; 1 Timothy 2:7; Titus 1:5)
        3. Also refers to the particular calling of any Christian (Ephesians 2:8-10)
      2. Sent (John 15:16)
        1. Sent by God (John 1:6)
        2. Sent to the world (Matthew 21:28)
        3. Sent to bear fruit (Psalm 126:5-6)
      3. Enabled (John 15:16)
        1. To bear fruit (John 15:4-5)
        2. To see the fruit remain (Galatians 4:11; Philippians 2:15-16)
      4. Empowered (John 15:16)
        1. To ask in the name of Jesus
        2. To receive of the Father what is asked (John 14:13)
      5. Commanded (John 15:17)
        1. Commanded by the Son
        2. Commanded so that we might love one another (1 John 3:14)
  2. HIS RELATIONSHIP TO THE WORLD (John 15:18-27)
    1. Hated by the World (John 15:18-19; 1 John 3:13)
      1. The origin of the world’s hatred (John 15:18)
        1. Not its hatred of the disciples
        2. But its hatred of the Master
      2. The cause of the world’s hatred (John 15:19)
        1. Their separation from the world – not “of the world” (John 17:14)
        2. Their selection by Jesus Christ – “I have chosen you”
        3. Their removal from the world – “out of the world” (John 17:6)
    2. Persecuted by the World (John 15:20-21)
      1. The key aid to the persecuted (John 15:20) – “Remember the word.”
      2. The key reason for the persecution (John 15:20)
        1. The servant is under his lord.
        2. The lord has been persecuted.
        3. The servants will be persecuted (2 Timothy 3:12).
      3. The key relationship to others (John 15:20; 1 Samuel 8:7)
        1. If they obey the Lord
        2. They will obey His servants (1 Thessalonians 5:12-13; Hebrews 13:17).
      4. The key purposes of the persecution (John 15:21)
        1. For His name’s sake (Matthew 10:22; Acts 9:16)
        2. Because they are ignorant of the Father
    3. Hated Because of the Son (John 15:22-25)
      1. His revelation (John 15:22)
        1. The revelation of God’s word (John 12:48)
        2. The revelation of their sin (John 9:41; John 16:8-9; Romans 3:19-20)
        3. No more cloak for their sin (Romans 2:1; 1 Peter 2:16)
      2. His works (John 15:23-24)
        1. The hatred of the Son and Father (John 15:23; 1 John 2:23)
        2. The revealing power of the works of Jesus (John 15:24)
          1. His works revealed their sin (John 3:2; John 5:36)
          2. They responded in hatred (John 10:32; John 12:37; Acts 2:22-23)
      3. His word (John 15:25)
        1. The action fulfilled a prophecy.
        2. They hated him without a cause (Psalm 35:19; Psalm 69:4).
    4. Empowered in the World (John 15:26-27)
      1. By the coming of the Comforter (John 15:26)
        1. The Comforter comes.
        2. The Son sends the Comforter.
        3. The Comforter comes from the Father.
        4. The Comforter is the Holy Ghost or Spirit of God.
      2. By the testimony of the Spirit of truth (John 15:26)
        1. Proceeding from the Father
        2. Testifying of the Son (John 16:13-14)
      3. NOTE: Key passages on the relationships within the Trinity
        1. The Son proceeded from the Father (John 8:42).
        2. The Spirit proceeded from the Father and the Son (John 15:26).
      4. For the purpose of bearing witness (John 15:27)
        1. The commission to bear witness (Acts 1:8)
        2. The importance of their witness (Luke 1:1-2; Acts 1:21-22
David Reagan

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 26:12

Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.